After an epic weekend of school rugby, indeed an epic few weeks, the next schools rugby action can’t come soon enough.
Fortunately there is little waiting time as this weekend features games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, including some rearranged games after some were lost to frozen pitches over the weekend.
One of those rearranged fixtures from the weekend comes on Monday as St Aloysius College and Dundee High School go head to head in what promises to be a brilliant – and now much anticipated – contest.
St Aloysius College v Dundee HS
Tuesday also features a rearranged game and it’s a huge one, the Scottish Schools Cup semi final between George Watson’s College and Edinburgh Academy. Edinburgh Academy reached last year’s final, but George Watson’s are the form side in the country this year. The delay means that the winners will know who they will be meeting at Murrayfield after Stewart’s Melville beat holders Merchiston Castle on Saturday, but these two will be thinking only of the mighty task that awaits in this semi final.
There is also knockout action in England in the Continental Tyres Schools Bowl as King’s Ely host Richard Hale in a Midlands B Regional Final, a game that should be a really good contest.
Elsewhere, look out for the big derby game in Sussex as two sides with bucketloads of confidence go head to head, Hurstpierpoint College and Seaford College. Hurst are having one of their best ever seasons, only Brighton and Harrow have got the better of them, but Seaford have just pulled off their best result of the year, maybe their history, by winning away at Millfield. This could be a game for the ages.
There is more action at Rugby School on Tuesday as they welcome Finborough in the latest Bicentenary Celebration game, Rugby are in strong form at the moment, but Finborough have been one of the fastest rising stars of the last couple of years. It should make for a great game.
Back in East Anglia, Langley host Woodbridge, meanwhile in Kent Bethany welcome Lingfield College, and in Dorset Milton Abbey will welcome Canford’s 2nd XV.
Bethany v Lingfield College
George Watson’s College v Edinburgh Academy (Cup Semi Final)
Hurstpierpoint College v Seaford College
King’s Ely v Richard Hale (Bowl Regional Final)
Langley v Woodbridge
Milton Abbey v Canford 2nd XV
Rugby v Finborough
Wednesday sees plenty of knockout rugby and in the Continental Tyres Schools Vase there are three regional finals. In North A the outstanding St Ambrose College will host St Anselm’s College in what should be a great tie. Meanwhile in London & South East B Eastbourne College, who have also been superb, will host Ravens Wood. Over in South West B Lord Wandsworth College and St John’s Leatherhead go head to head, another game that should be outstanding.
Over in the Bowl there are a couple more Regional Finals, Midlands A sees KES Five Ways host Royal Latin, while London & South East A sees London Oratory host Brentwood.
There is also knockout action in Scotland, where Dollar Academy host Kelvinside Academy in the Scottish Shield semi finals. Also in action North of the border are Cardinal Newman, the Argentine touring side, who will be hosted by Morrison’s Academy.
Back in England there is County Cup action at AKS Lytham as they host Clitheroe RGS, while Manchester Grammar welcome Rishworth, and Bolton host Wirral Grammar School’s 2nd XV.
In Yorkshire Harrogate Grammar welcome Dame Allan’s south, meanwhile Woodhouse Grove are back in action at Hill House, and Pocklington travel to Silcoates. Further South King’s Grantham welcome Birkdale, while in Nottingham Prince Henry’s Grammar head to Nottingham High School.
Arguably the game of the day could be in the West Midlands where two sides that are bang in form will go head to head, with Solihull hosting Warwick. Not a game to be missed. Meanwhile KES Aston host Queen Mary’s Grammar and Bishop Vesey’s host KES Five Ways, while KES Camp Hill welcome Hereford 6thform College and in Shropshire Haberdashers’ Adams welcome Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
In Oxfordshire Kingham Hill host Royal Latin, with Rendcomb College at Sibford, while King Alfred’s welcome Burdford. Over in Bedfordshire, meanwhile, Samuel Whitbread welcome Newman College’s 2ndXV for what should be a good game. Over at Sandringham, Sir John Lawes are the visitors, while in Essex Bancroft’s host St Edmund’s College, Dulwich College’s 2nd XV meanwhile welcome Kingsdale to their South East London home.
In Surrey Reed’s, fresh home a top performance on Saturday, host a strong Hayes side, while Ewell Castle welcome The Cedars. Over in Berkshire it’s Holyport v Reading School, while in Hampshire Farnborough 6th form College welcome Richard Collyer.
Gloucestershire sees plenty of action, not least King’s Gloucester looking to continue their superb year at home to Cokethorpe. Pate’s Grammar head to Cleeve for what should be a good game, meanwhile Cotswold host Balcarras, and Bredon welcome Kingham Hill’s 2nd XV.
In Wales Wycliffe College are the visitors to Cathedral School Llandaff for what promises to be an absolutely epic evening on Wednesday. Earlier in the day Shrewsbury also cross the border to take on St David’s College. Back in England, Devon sees Plymouth College host Torquay Boys Grammar, a game that always has plenty of anticipation.
AKS Lytham v Ciltheroe RGS
Bancroft’s v St Edmund’s College
Bishop’s Vesey’s GS v KES Five Ways
Bolton v Wirral GS 2nd XV
Bredon v Kingham Hill 2nd XV
Cathedral School, Llandaff v Wycliffe College
Cleeve v Pate’s GS
Cotswold v Balcarras
Dollar Academy v Kelvinside Academy (Shield Semi Final)
Dulwich College 2nd XV v Kingsdale
Eastbourne College v Ravens Wood (Vase Regional Final)
Ewell Castle v The Cedars
Farnborough 6th form College v College of Richard Collyer
Haberdashers’ Adams v Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Harrogate GS v Dame Allan’s
Hill House v Woodhouse Grove
Holyport College v Reading
KES Aston v Queen Mary’s GS
KES Camp Hill v Hereford 6th form College
KES Five Ways v Royal Latin (Bowl Regional Final)
King Alfred’s v Burford
King’s Gloucester v Cokethorpe
King’s Grantham v Birkdale
Kingham Hill v Royal Latin
London Oratory v Brentwood (Bowl Regional Final)
Lord Wandsworth College v St John’s Leatherhead (Vase Regional Final)
Manchester GS v Rishworth
Morrison’s Academy v Cardinal Newman, Argentina
Nottingham HS v Prince Henry’s GS
Plymouth College v Torquay Boys GS
Reed’s v Hayes
Samuel Whitbread v Newman College 2nd XV
Sandringham v Sir John Lawes
Sibford v Rendcomb College
Silcoates v Pocklington
Solihull v Warwick
St Ambrose College v St Anselm’s College (Vase Regional Final)
St David’s College v Shrewsbury
Thursday is an unusually quiet day, all centred around the South West. Prior Park College and King’s Bruton go head to head in what will likely be the biggest game of the day, elsewhere it’s 1st XVs v 2nd XVS, with QEH hosting Beechen Cliff’s 2nd XV, Wells Cathedral welcoming the KES Bath 2nd XV, and Clifton High School heading to Wales to take on Cathedral School Llandaff’s 2nd XV.
Cathedral School, Llandaff 2nd XV v Clifton HS
Prior Park College v King’s Bruton
QEH v Beechen Cliff 2nd XV
Wells Cathedral v KES Bath 2nd XV